Craig Church, Federal Way Perorming Arts, BLOODGOOD 2020

Craig Church

Guitar, Background Vocals

The saying "It's a small world" rings true for me with regard to BLOODGOOD...

 

I met Les Carlsen and his wife Joyce years ago while looking for a singer. BLOODGOOD just started up so obviously he was not available. Joyce said "what am I chopped liver? I can sing!" lol. She has a powerful voice and we recorded some great material with Mark Welling on drums. Mark ended up being one of the main BLOODGOOD drummers.

 

David Zaffiro and I went to the same church. I didn’t know him well but knew he was a great guitar player. I was impressed with David's stage presence with BLOODGOOD.

 

In 1989, I was invited to play guitar with BLOODGOOD for a 2 night "Rock Theater" show. I didn't know Paul Jackson but had a blast working with him on the songs for the show.

 

 

Soon after, David Zaffiro called me about a new singer he was producing. David is a gifted producer and ended up producing a recording project for some of my music.

 

Michael Bloodgood is a pastor at a little church in the area so I went to check it out. I was soon playing in the worship band. Michael would take older hymns and "Rock them up", which I always enjoyed. We recorded some of those songs for the "Michael Bloodgood and Friends" CD, which also features many BLOODGOOD past and current members.

 

Years later in 2020... I get another invitation to play with BLOODGOOD for a special concert and "Trenches of Rock" documentary premier? The original line-up from the "Rock Theater" shows 30 years ago! The same guys with the same love for God and each other. Still feels like family.

 

Looking over the years I see how BLOODGOOD has impacted my life. I've heard many stories about how BLOODGOOD has impacted other people's lives. It's interesting to see what path God can lead you down if you are willing to following him.

Craig Church, Federal Way Perorming Arts, BLOODGOOD 2020

Craig Church

Guitar, Background Vocals
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The saying "It's a small world" rings true for me with regard to BLOODGOOD...

 

I met Les Carlsen and his wife Joyce years ago while looking for a singer. BLOODGOOD just started up so obviously he was not available. Joyce said "what am I chopped liver? I can sing!" lol. She has a powerful voice and we recorded some great material with Mark Welling on drums. Mark ended up being one of the main BLOODGOOD drummers.

 

David Zaffiro and I went to the same church. I didn’t know him well but knew he was a great guitar player. I was impressed with David's stage presence with BLOODGOOD.

 

In 1989, I was invited to play guitar with BLOODGOOD for a 2 night "Rock Theater" show. I didn't know Paul Jackson but had a blast working with him on the songs for the show.

 

 

Soon after, David Zaffiro called me about a new singer he was producing. David is a gifted producer and ended up producing a recording project for some of my music.

 

Michael Bloodgood is a pastor at a little church in the area so I went to check it out. I was soon playing in the worship band. Michael would take older hymns and "Rock them up", which I always enjoyed. We recorded some of those songs for the "Michael Bloodgood and Friends" CD, which also features many BLOODGOOD past and current members.

 

Years later in 2020... I get another invitation to play with BLOODGOOD for a special concert and "Trenches of Rock" documentary premier? The original line-up from the "Rock Theater" shows 30 years ago! The same guys with the same love for God and each other. Still feels like family.

 

Looking over the years I see how BLOODGOOD has impacted my life. I've heard many stories about how BLOODGOOD has impacted other people's lives. It's interesting to see what path God can lead you down if you are willing to following him.

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If you want something a bit different - or at the very least on the laid back and reserved side of things - consider the spring of 2015 debut full length of Carlsen Cromwell, The Lucky Side. 

Cromwell from the standpoint of Don Cromwell, who acted as the touring bassist with renowned pop group Air Supply between 1983 and 1987 in addition to touring and recording with rock legend Eddie Money over a six year period.  To his credit, Cromwell co-wrote three tracks off the hit self-titled Air Supply album from 1985. Those interested in a laid back 70’s rock meets classic rock sound (or are otherwise Les Carlsen fans) are strongly encouraged to check out the Carlsen Cromwell debut The Lucky Side. 

 

 

 

There’s underrated, under-appreciated and overlooked.  And then there is plain old forgotten.  As in Les Carlsen’s debut solo album, which could not have fallen between the cracks more in light of how he recorded it in 1971, hence its title, while touring as the lead role ‘Claude’ with the Broadway musical Hair.  The iconic front man, with six studio albums and three live albums to his credit as part of Christian metal legends Bloodgood, put the album together with a group of musicians from Seattle but it never saw release until now.  A lost treasure recently rediscovered by the artist on cassette, 1971 saw official release on Girder Music in January of 2019 as a full-length 11-song album (in the digi pak format) after being re-mastered by former Bloodgood guitarist David Zaffiro. 

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